Humpback whale freed after being tangled in rope – Dean Stoltz reports
A juvenile humpback whale was thrashing in the water north of Klemtu, yesterday for 12 hours, struggling to breathe as ropes from an empty aquaculture site cut into its flesh and blubber.
Marine Harvest workers discovered the entangled whale Monday morning and immediately called Fisheries and Oceans Canada.
The Department of Fisheries and Oceans marine mammal coordinator Paul Cottrell, conducted the complicated rescue, with help from local fisheries officers, the company and members of the Kitasoo First Nation.
“It was quite disturbing,” he said. “Lots of abrasions on the animal.”
After several hours of work the animal was freed.
Officials feel the whale will recover from its injuries.